University of Brighton

Digital Media Development

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 3 years

    Part-time: 6 years

    With placement year: 4 years

    UCAS code G451

    Professional accreditation

    This course is accredited by the British Computer Society, the chartered institute for IT professionals.

    About the course

    The digital media industry requires specialists who can integrate sound, video, image, text and animation to create rich and engaging digital user experiences.

    Taught alongside the first year of the Digital Media BA(Hons) course, Digital Media Development BSc(Hons) provides students with a dedicated technical focus, including up-to-date scripting languages, internet games, and mobile app development, which produces hands-on graduates able to deliver on a range of practical web and mobile projects.

    At the end of the first year, you have the option to transfer on to the Digital Media BA(Hons) course should you wish to develop your skills for a more specialised digital marketing career.

    This course continues to grow and adapt to meet industry needs. Upon graduation, you'll meet a real-world demand for skills using the latest technologies to develop innovative digital media products.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014.

    Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.



    International Baccalaureate:
    32 points.

    Access to HE Diploma
    pass (at least 45 credits at level 3), with 24 credits at merit or above. Level 3 units in computing required.

    GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
    at least three subjects including English language and mathematics or a science.

    Foundation degree/HND
    may enable you to start the course in year 2 or 3. HNC may also count towards direct entry.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    During the first year, you'll study a broad foundation of core technologies and develop general design skills that underpin digital media. Later on, practical work covers areas such as web design and development, 3D graphics and animation, and interactive multimedia. The optional paid professional placement year provides invaluable experience, as does the final year's major independent project.

    Areas of study

    You'll learn how to design the content and structure of complex multimedia systems using a wide variety of industry standard tools, including the latest version of Adobe Creative Suite and 3D modelling software. You'll also develop skills in creating a range of resources - image, sound, animation, video, 3D and interactive elements - and learn how to assemble them into engaging, usable and useful products and services.


    Year 1
    - Introduction to New Media
    - Design for Digital Media
    - Introduction to Web Development
    - Human-computer Interaction
    - Programming (Java)
    - Introduction to Databases
    - Digital Technologies
    - Professional Practice and Study Skills
    - Personal Portfolio Development

    Year 2
    - 3D Graphics and Animation
    - Time-based Media
    - Project Planning and Control
    - Interactive multimedia development
    - Web Technologies
    - Website Design and Development
    - Personal Portfolio Development

    Optional placement year

    Final year
    - A major independent project
    - Mobile Application Development
    Options include:
    - Usability Evaluation
    - 3D Dynamic Modelling
    - Entrepreneurship
    - Internet Games Design and Development
    - Intellectual Property and Law
    - Digital Marketing

    You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:

    Programme Specification

  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    BSc(Hons) Digital Media Development  [J4EG018]
    UK/EU (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    Island Students (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    International (Full Time)13,220 GBP

  • Location

    Location Help Moulsecoomb

    Located to the north of Brighton city centre, the Moulsecoomb campus offers students an excellent learning environment and a wide range of facilities. It is the largest of our five campuses with over 8,000 students.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Student views

    Joel Fothergill

    “The University of Brighton introduced me into the industry within which I'm now well employed. Can't really beat that!”

  • Career opportunities

    This degree will enable you to develop the knowledge of technology, design and production required to work as a digital media, web or mobile developer in any number of leisure, information and business-oriented industries.

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